This week saw the launch of the Using Rounders As A Sport For Development Tool report by Rounders England. The report was launched at the Houses of Parliament with Kim Leadbeater as part of the NGB’s 80th year celebrations. Rashida Salloo, of Ready Steady Active and YSF Board member took part in a Q & A session with local team captains including Batley Ninjas Rounders Club, highlighting the impact Rounders has on individuals and communities.
In Spring 2023 Rounders England, Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Ready Steady Active came together to understand the role Rounders played in getting people active. The study was based on engagement with over 65 women involved in Rounders in West Yorkshire, where the sport is in its growth stage. Shephard & Moyes Ltd were commissioned to provide advice and support in the data collection period.
Most people who went to school in the UK will have played Rounders at school. However both elite and grassroots Rounders has a much lower profile among adults. It is a sport with a curious combination of high and low awareness.
As the governing body for the sport, Rounders England work hard to make Rounders more visible. They are particularly focused on using rounders as a tool to tackle inactivity and to promote community development by connecting communities through Rounders.